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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

130 Daybreak Ridge Road
| +1 970-748-6200

Colorado's Finest Après Beer and Cheese

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch has put an educational twist on après ski. New for the 2014-2015 ski season, the hotel is offering an après beer and cheese class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in the new Bachelor's Lounge. I'm a total beer and cheese nerd so this was my version of heaven. Alex Kaplan, the resident beer sommelier, sources some of Colorado's most unique craft beers and pairs them with Colorado artisanal cheeses. She is a total beer brainiac and can wax poetic about the different hops used or the history of a brewery. Each of the beers she chose for me weren't necessarily a style I would usually order, but she totally surprised me and turned me on to some great new brews. I'm not a fruity beer girl but the gluten-free Glutart Raspberry from Bonfire Brewery had just subtle hints of raspberries and wasn't at all sweet. The winner for me was Great Divide's English Old-Style Hibernation Ale paired with Avalanche Goat White Cheddar. That will definitely become a go-to pairing at my winter dinner parties. Classes cost $35 and Alex can suggest nearby local breweries worth a visit during your trip.

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almost 4 years ago

Craft Cocktails with Colorado Spirit(s)

Hot cocoa spiked with Peppermint Schnapps used to be as close to a craft cocktail as one could hope for at most mountain resorts. But the mixology craze that has swept urban bars has finally made it to the ski slopes. In December 2014, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch opened Buffaloes, a new restaurant and lounge with a serious dedication to promoting Colorado-sourced ingredients in both its food menu and bar menu.

When Garrett Cosgrove took over the bar he restocked the shelves with some of the state's best spirits from small-batch producers such as Dancing Pines and Leopold Bros. He's also making house-made infusions like a lemongrass-spiked gin and a autumnal pumpkin and squash infused bourbon. Cosgrove avoids getting too geeky and instead puts subtle twists on classic cocktails. For example, for his S&S Margarita, he infuses tequila with mango and habañero and uses agave for a bit of sweetness. I loved the complexity of his Ginger Sazerac, which combines 10th Mountain Division Rye Whiskey, absinthe rinse, ginger, Domaine De Canton, brown sugar, and bitters.

Cocktail nerds can even take craft cocktail classes Wednesday and Fridays in Bachelors Lounge.